Of course, my motto is still, ‘Work is work, private is private.’
The 1960s was a period when writers in the West began to be aware of the extraordinary eloquence and popular attraction of the Russian poets such as Yevtushenko and Voznesensky – oppositional figures who could draw crowds. The Russian poets recited from memory as a matter of course.
In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta.
Send it to someone who can publish it. And if they won’t publish it, send it to someone else who can publish it! And keep sending it! Of course, if no one will publish it, at that point you might want to think about doing something other than writing.
I don’t in any sense think of myself as a celebrity, which of course I’m not.
There are elements of irony in my work, of course.
Of course, after I retire I want to be the housewife, really.
What you choose today will determine who you are tomorrow.
You don’t go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you’re building a golf course.
Of course China is an important new market for Tod’s, and of course we need to succeed commercially. But I believe the way to do that is not to aim to deliver results in the short term by thoughtless expansion, but instead to explain to the Chinese people what our brand is really about.
I think America has dealt with – I mean, this is simplistic, and of course I don’t live in America – but the impression I get is that there is not a kind of obligation to dislike those who are better off or be frightened of those who are worse off.
Of course, my own political beliefs inform the ideas I come up with.
More than 90% of Chinese believe themselves to be Han. Of course, such a vast population is derived from countless different races, but because China has enjoyed such a long and continuous history as a polity, there has been thousands of years of mixing, melding and assimilation.
Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
In the faculty of failure, mediocrity is never an optional course!
Of course, in pro ball, they never hit the quarterback in practice.